American Idol finalist’s blog talks about the audition process and his life.

American Idol finalist’s blog talks about the audition process and his life.
A contestant on American Idol has a blog in which he discusses being on the show, fans of the show have discovered. The site that appears to belong to finalist Jim Verraros includes discussions of getting called back for auditions to get on the show and needing to find an alternate form of ID for his flight to L.A. because his license was taken when he was pulled over.
+ plus: 10 of Simon “Cowell’s more wicked quotes.”
+ and: like other reality TV shows, American Idol has a psychologist to help contestants deal; Simon thinks “it’s crazy.”

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.